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Ancient pagoda traces in Ha Giang

Update: June, 16/2014 - 08:09

HA GIANG (VNS) — The Institute of Archaeology and Ha Giang Province's Museum have uncovered remnants of the 600-year-old Nam Dau Pagoda in Nam Thanh Village, in Vi Xuyen district's Ngoc Linh Commune.

Although the major architecture of the pagoda is no longer intact, its vestige and relics bear significant historical and cultural values, greatly contributing to the study of history and culture of the Tran dynasty (1225-1400) in the locality, according to Dr Tran An Dung from the institute.

After two months of work, the excavation team discovered many remnants, such as pebbles, roofing tiles, earthenware statues of phoenixes or cranes, and dragon statues fixed on roofs.

Dung said many remnants had only been found in Thang Long Imperial Citadel or other essential royal structures.

The excavation team also found precious relics, proving the existence of another Tran dynasty's pagoda in Na Lach Village, Linh Ho Commune. The pagoda is assumed to be from the same era, though smaller than Nam Dau Pagoda. — VNS

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